New for-credit course on finding and using data to be offered Fall 2020

The library is pleased to announce that a new research skills course is being offered this fall (2020). Data Literacy Through Contemporary Issues is a special topic class  designed to explore and critically evaluate the data behind current issues. This class is a .25 credit course and is currently only scheduled to be offered during Fall 2020. It is open to all students.

INDS 191.00 - ST Data Literacy Through Contemporary Issues (Special Topic)
Instructor: Nathan Wolfe, Social Science and Data Librarian
Mondays, 7 - 10pm (first 8 weeks of sememster)


Course description:  The digital age has brought a revolution to the way humans communicate; never before has so much information been available. Having the skills to evaluate competing claims is essential when inundated daily with information. Using a wealth of open and library-provided data and statistical resources paired with open-source analysis software, students will learn to explore how data and statistical information is communicated. In this course, we will investigate how data is collected, processed, and ultimately disseminated. We will investigate salient issues surrounding privacy and ethics in the digital age, intending to provide a fuller picture of the issues. Students will be prepared to use and share data, not only in their other academic courses but also as savvy and responsible consumers of information and ultimately informed and critical citizens. This is a .25 credit course and is currently only scheduled to be offered during Fall 2020. It is open to all students. No prerequisites.

If you have any questions about the course, contact Nathan Wolfe (wolfe1@kenyon.edu).